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Pendle Witches Brew - Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 123
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale | 5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imperial pint bottle (date stamp of L0106 - Greek to me) poured into a Tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy but bright gold-orange colored beer. The beer forms a nice 1/4" thick off-white head, but this dies down to a very thin film across the top with a ring at the edges. Some strands of lacing here and there but they all tended to slide back down the glass. Despite the lack of foam and lacing the color is good to admire in the glass.

Smell: Honey-like and cider smells with some floral hops thrown in, although the skunk-like hops show up a bit more as it warms up but then go away once the beer is fully at room temperature. Some hints of caramel sweetness in there as well.

Taste: Honey-like sweetness up front that moves into a quick skunk-like hop taste, then roasted malt and then a classic English bitter finish. When the beer is first poured and coldest, the honey-like sweetness is more pronounced and the bitterness is quite mild - reminds me more of some ESB at times. But as it warms up to proper temperature it takes on a different taste like I describe. Definitely a beer of British character.

Mouthfeel: Quick and fleeting carbonation on the tongue, coats the mouth and goes down easy. Some lingering sensation on the teeth. Nothing special - pretty typical for an English beer but maybe a little heavier in the carbonation than normal - not that I'm complaining.

Drinkability: This is a beer that really needs to warm up to get its real character, and that character is good for one pint - but I don't think I could have more than one. I actually think it is a bit more drinkable when cold, but more full of character when warm. Still, I think it'd be good pulled from a cask and I wouldn't mind trying it again. Went well with a meal (Mahi Mahi burgers and mixed vegtables) as well.

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Photo of zerk
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazed copper with a very thin white head. Malty aroma with notes of toffee and caramel. Flavor begins sweet, almosy candy like... toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate... followed by a slightly bitter earthy finish. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with an oily finish. A pretty good pale ale, although the first few sips can be a bit cloying. The beer becomes much easier to drink once it approaches room temperature.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice presentation - witch on the bottle reminds me of a homebrew label I made. Pours lighter than expected in the glass, amber with a medium head that leaves good lacing.

Smell: Aroma really draws you in to figure it out. Good amount of hop presence, with some caramel/butterscotch as well.

Taste: Good! Hoppier than I was expecting. Bready, with some caramel as well. Goldings in the finish?

Mouthfeel: A bit of diacetyl slickness, which is to be expected for the style. Good carbonation. Medium body.

Drinkability: I'd buy this - good beer, good drinkability. Diacetyl is present, but not distracting. Well-hopped, no complaints.

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Photo of BlaiseDemon
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color (more gold than orange) with a barely detectable head. Crisp apple-like nose which was unexpected given the name. Excellent balance of hops and malt, bitter-sweet but smooth with a spicy aftertaste that was not unpleasant. Good high carbonation that lasted throughout and very thirst-quenching. I would probably appreciate this one more in the summer but overall very drinkable.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" white head. Hazy light sienna yellow color. It took a while for me to describe the smell but I'd call it a very mild hint of pickle juice sourness. The flavor is not sour, it's a more standard ale with a creamy and smooth texture. There's also a very mild crisp bitter long finish. I'd call this a cut above the average for sure.

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Photo of Brent
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local store stocks up on some Halloween theme beers every year, primarily the Wytchwood line. Lately they picked up the Bayhawk/Reaper beers, and now this. I hesitated to buy it - a bit pricey and you never know if you are getting a gimmick beer or the real deal. Here, this is a worthy beer.

Poured a hazy apple cider amber orange. Fizzy head that quickly settled. Not much aroma, which is the primary ding against it. Flavor is very bright, a touch of apple mixed in the malt. A bit acidic, with a mildly tart and clean finish. A soft bitterness hangs at the back of the tongue. Good drinkability - a quaffer.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a light copper red with a two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a slight white lace on the beer.

The smell was a sweet malt mixed with caramel and light floral overtones, hidden in the back of the nose was an ever so slight bit of hop spice.

The drink started with a fruity/sweet flavor. Strong in apricots and apples with an almost honey sweetness. The middle was more of the same only slightly weaker. The finish was more watery with a strange grainy attribute.

All and all a damn fine beer that is well worth a try.

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Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy medium-dark golden color, this brew exhibits a constant bubbling activity after a nice cascade, which helps to form a solid off-white head about a finger in height. The head displays good retention and remains in patches well down the glass.
The aroma offers up a good mix of malts and hops, bready and bit fruity with a bit of sweetness in the malts contrasted by earthy, herbal/leafy and floral hops character. The nose is a 4.0 but for a strong graininess and a sort of fading off a bit in.
The flavor is good, following suit, but a grainy character that's evident at first gets stronger and eventually detracts. Otherwise, aside from the balance of breads and fruits with leaf and earth, this is quite lemony.
The body is on the light side of medium, and the balance in the flavor is also in the semi-dry mouthfeel. It's not extremely crisp or smooth, but it's got both elements.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It the spirit of Halloween I submit Moorhouse's Pendle Witches Brew. Poured from a 1 pint .9 oz bottle. Blurb on back of bottle says its brewed with Maris Otter, Crystal malts, invert sugar, torrified wheat and hopped with Fuggles.

Appearance: Poured aggressively into my Sam Adams glass, Pendle Witches Brew is honey colored and crystal clear. Topped by a decent white head that fades to a thin, foamy topping. Streams of carbonation race to the surface. Lacing is minimal as it slides back into the beer.

Smell: Malty sweet with hints of honey. Has an herbal like quality which I contribute to the Fuggles making their presence known. Has a slight biscuit like quality as well.

Taste: Starts fairly malty with a nice lingering sweetness. More honey like than caramel or brown sugar. The middle transitions the beer to a nice earthy, herbal and spicy like bitterness in the finish. Nicely balances out the sweet maltiness of the beer. The Fuggle hop bitterness lingers after the swallow. Also, nice and dry in the finish. Makes you want to take another drink.

Mouthfeel: Again, dry in the finish but has plenty of body. Very smooth with a medium mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: Glad my local beer store is starting to carry more English beers. Pendle Witches Brew is a nice change of pace from drinking APA's. More malty with an earthy hop bitterness instead of a hoppy american pale ale. Super easy to drink and at 5.1% abv would make for a decent session beer. Definitely a beer I will try again. Seek and Enjoy.

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Photo of genaro
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation- a dark, squat bottle with a long neck. Witches Brew was cloudy gold capped by a small, short-lived head. The aroma was a bit spicey with a nice hop bouquet. The taste was sharper than expected, but mellowed by the malt which added a touch of toffee and some sweetness. The finish was dry with malty touches. Overall I found this to be a mellow, well-balanced beer well-suited for sessions.

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Photo of whynot44
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head that disappears fairly quickly.

The aroma is bready, vaguely fruity, with just a bit of spicy hops in the background.

The taste is mild malt, fresh biscuits, fruit - caramel apple, raisin - with a slightly dry citrus hops finish.

Smooth. easy to drink. Actually pretty mild for "Witches Brew". A good example of English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle, Pours light almond, orangy amber, soft murkyness, with an almost white head and leaving delicate, lite lacing. Nose is reasonably hoppy with a noticable orange peel note. This is a pleasant Brit style P.A. quite hoppy for the usually understated English. Light bodied, easily quafable and quite enjoyable in general, Notes of vanilla, honey, with gritty and citrusy hops. Worth a try.

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Photo of xrdsci
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle.

A: Hazy amber. Long lasting head, moderate lacing.

S: Grains, floral hops and faint fruit aromas.

T: On the front end, sweet malt and some sour apple. I get a hint of wine. Nice hop bitterness on the back end.

M: Moderate body, maybe a little sticky. A little light on carbonation.

D: Overall very balanced - good drinkability.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear peachy appearance, gifted with a sizeable stack of soft, delicate white foam.
Aroma: citric, yeasty, slight spiciness, rather intriquing.
Before I taste, let me report on the label. It's called a "pale brown ale with a malty after taste brewed 364 days a year." So, when do they take time off, for Halloween?
so, okay, taste: zingy, citric hop flavor blasts on board and bites for a bit, like orange rind mixed with lemon juice, a hit of grapefruit, and a blast of peach with a sour and spicy kick, as well. Bright flavor, and substantial. body is medium, to light, and finish is dry and yes, revealing a malty character. A bit bready on the tongue, too. Pretty nice, and something of a surprise.
I'd drink this again, but only rarely, when the moon is full and bright, perhaps, and the witching hour is upon is...bubble, bubble, toil, and etcetera...

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Photo of Brian700
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear pale color with a white head that slowly disapeers. It has a mild floral smell. There is a hint of hop aroma but it is very light. It tastes sweet and a little fruity at first but as it hits the back of your palate there is a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice. It has a perfect amount of carbonation for the beer that it is. As light as this brew looks it has about a medium body. I would recommend this beer. It is very drinkable. Good Flavor.

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Photo of Franz4
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden color, just slightly cloudy.

S- Malt with caramel undertones, could be a bit old, no freshness info.

T- Slight grain taste with a balancing lemon presence that is appealing.

M- Feel's smooth and crisp, a nice refreshing pale ale.

O- I liked this one, I have a feeling I would enjoy it a lot more on cask as it had that type of appeal to it.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Picked up during a recent visit to Hi-Times in Costa Mesa. 500ml brown glass bottle. Wide bodied with a thin, but tall, neck stem. The obverse gold label has the black silhouette of a flying broom riding witch set against a purple oval. No freshness date but it is listed as 5.1% Alc/Vol. No freshness date.

Appearance: Soft white head sits atop the clear orange amber body. Laces the glass nicely during the drink. Solid and persistent levels of conditioning in the brew reinstate the head with every swig from my Handled Mug.

Nose: Grainy nose, sweet malts, quite different to the cask version. The light fruitiness in the middle and the toffee in the back end of the drink are welcome. Restrained nose but inviting nonetheless.

Taste: Sharp start, sour breaded malts and a grainy spicy hop character. Yeasty too. Has a delicate toffee hint and some diacteyl twists in the back end. Nicely balanced all round, the malts and hops are in perfect harmony.

Mouthfeel: Has a chewy feel. Breaded malts really support the body. Light buttery feel in the finish which is not detracting. Toffee feel also.

Drinkability: The 500ml bottle really did not take long at all to drain. In my large handled mug this one looks great and it tastes just as good, it drinks like a Cask Ale with an easy going attractive simplicity which mixes with a well-balanced malt & hop profile.

Overall: I have had the fortune to tour Moorhouse’s Brewery, not just the once, but twice, when I lived in England, and like the bottled Black Cat I have drunk this marvelous beer on cask many, many times. A lovely Pale Ale, as with the Black Cat Mild, I was initially skeptical that I thought this may not transfer so well to the bottle, but it does!

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Photo of AaronRed
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice and mellow brew- hints of dark sugar and molasses. Had a nice aroma, reminded me of when I drank one of my first ales. Very warming and inviting without being too heavy or trying to make more of itself than it is. Just a good beer, typical of English syle and quality.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium amber yellow, slightly cloudy. Not much of a head.

Smell: Sweet malt, grain, hints of toffee.

Taste: Rich malt with caramel, butter, and toffee overtones. Mild-medium hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Some crispness from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good tasting beer and well balanced. Good example of an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good offering. I like the style, very drinkable. Poured out to a light orange / golden color with a head of about 1/2 inch that calmed to a thin layer of foam over the beer. Heavy lacing in the glass. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of hops, spice and grain are most noted. Taste is smooth and mild; flavors of malts, hops, grain and spice dominate. I view this as a well made lager, as it could easily satisfy the most discerning lager lover. Mouthfeel was smooth and mild. Nice. Overall good drinkability. This is a well made English Pale Ale. Recommended.

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Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well done English pale ale...a good example of a well done brew that sticks to the standards of its style. Amber with a good two finger head. Slightly off-balanced smell in that the malts are a bit more dominant than they should be. Good, well blended taste. Nothing distinct jumps out, but there also nothing to complain about.

Good, solid above average brew. Not outstanding, but nothing to complain about. Would make a good session ale.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz brown slimline pop-top bottle with cool label...no freshness date...poured into a Samuel Smith tulip

Appearance: Slightly hazy light burnt orange beer with a medium white cap of large bubbles which fades fairly quickly to a thick film with decent stick

Smell: Definitely malt-forward...this shows lots of lightly toasted malts with just a slight touch of buttery character as well...nice and mild, but the malts are fairly rich/intense...not a lot in the way of hops, and just a bit of mild generic fruitiness/earthy character from the English yeast

Taste: Very nicely balanced English Pale Ale...there's much more fruitiness here than observable in the aromas, perhaps a bit of tart apple, and not a lot in the way of hop flavor, though bitterness comes through in a surprising, punchy way on the finish. Malt is actually fairly understated, light and dry, and ends slightly husky.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Nice true-to-style English Pale Ale...the diacetyl doesn't get out of hand, the fruitiness is nice, and there's a surprising (for a typical English-style pale) hop bitterness...a little bit different, but pretty tasty...paired this with some Gorgonzola and baguette slices.

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Photo of BamaScholar
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle a dusty yellow corn tone. Vivacious bubbles, good head, sedimentary lacing down the sides of the pils glass.

Smell is grainy, bready, hearty, with some hops, fruit, and malt.

Taste is thorough balance, malt and hops, with biscuit and thick, sticky bitterness. Rich and buttery these dance towards a semi-dry finish.

It's thick but not overwhelmingly so. This is what beer's heritage is; a great jumping off point for ales generally. Have your non-BA friends who like lagers try this.

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant deep golden with an amber hue,a leafy aroma up front and some nice fruitiness a good mix of hop and malt quite well balanced but a little subdued.Taste is quite hoppy and herbal malt comes thru more as I drink more with some dried fruit and biscuit.A real solid easy drinking well rounded beer I could sit in a pub and drink this all night.A fitting ale for the late October night.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed golden amber with more than a little orange. The ecru head is soft yet sturdy with a finely pitting, smooth surface. Unfortunately, the foam lacks any semblance of stickiness and leaves, not surprisingly, almost no lace. I like the nose. It smells of oranges, apricots and butterscotch with a gentle, musty, earthy spiciness that is enticing.

Witches Brew is more boldly flavored than expected. Hops dominate, yet it isn't an overly hoppy beer. As in the nose, bitter orange and dried apricot are the fruits that come to mind. Nominally sweet at the start, bitterness gains ground as the mouthful progresses so that the beer finishes tangy, bitter and somewhat dry. The same musty earthiness that was evident in the nose pervades the flavor profile and is equally as welcome. I'd like a bit less carbonation to go along with the light-medium body, but as the glass and bottle sit, the mouthfeel becomes more quiescent.

After having two of their beers (Black Cat Mild), I've become a fan of Moorhouse's Brewery. They don't come at you with bells and whistles and gimmicks galore, they just brew tasty beer. That's all that I ask.

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Pendle Witches Brew from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.